Earth Charter’s Affiliate in Azerbaijan co-organized an event on the Green Economy in early August, 2013. The main objective of the ecological camp on the Green Economy was to raise awareness of environmental protection, the ecological benefits of applying non-waste and low-waste technologies, and study the role of youth in reducing harmful effects of economic development to the environment.
The opening ceremony of the Green Economy project was held in the Gala State Ethnographic Reserve with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, Ichari Shahar State Historical-Architectural Museum, IDEA campaign, Natural Sciences Public Union, Modern Marketing Group, Earth Charter International, and the Greens Club of IRELI Public Union on August 2nd 2013.
The guest of the first panel was Surxay Novruzov, projects coordinator of IDEA campaign. Surxay Novruzov held presentation on a subject “Waste management”. He provided the extensive information to the participants of the project about reducing waste products, recycling, sorting, concepts of firm household garbage, and ecological bases of waste management. The next panel featured Rovsen Akberov, chairman of Natural Sciences Public Union, who offered a presentation titled “Nature and Efficient Technology”. During the presentation he spoke about technologies in nature.
Khayala Mammadova, the representative of the National Affiliate of Earth Charter International conducted another panel about the Earth Charter Initiative and its activities. She also discussed analyses and the consolidation of principles of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication that have been prepared by members of the Earth Charter Initiative. She also led a musical therapy session for the participants to increase emotional response and impact individualized imagination on nature and ecological issues.
The event also organized an excursion for participants to the SOCAR Ecological Park. The participants received extensive information about different types of plants, greenhouse plant production, bio-ecological features of the park, and cultivation methods. They also learned about the history of the Eco-park, the reason for its creation, about its different branches of production and infrastructure, its wind generators, solar batteries, and other technologies. Further panels of the event were held in the Gala State Ethnographic Reserve. There, the participants were divided into three teams and introduced to interesting projects over two hours. The participants were awarded certificates at the end of the event.